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“Babywearing Dance” little ones event

August is a notoriously slow month because kids in Colorado go back to school so early – August 9th this year! I decided to hold an event more for moms and the really little kids not going to school. Many moms got very excited about the babywearing dance event, but our attendance was really poor. The moms that came had a blast though! They asked for a weekly event. If we can get a following, I would love to do so! Special thanks to Super Jes Schultz for teaching her Lady Gaga routine.

 

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“Breathe” bedtime yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Song: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Breathe by Scott Magoon
breathe – belly breaths
play all day- crabwalk to the front and back, then crabwalk to the middle and high five    each other with feet
swim – locust/shalabasana
dive – forward fold/uttanasana
explore– simple seated twists
swim – cat/cow (like a whale spurting out of the blowhole)
listen – neck stretches like listening to the sea
sing – let heart sing in camel/ustrasana
Breathe – bear walk
But fear not – pause in bear walk
Find another way up – reverse swan dive to tadasana
love and be loved – anjali mudra

Wolf howling at the moon – urdhva mukha svanasana/upward facing dog with howling
Rock a bye baby
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Balloon breaths

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sJust Be” 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh?” preschool bookclub

Read How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh? by Alison Limentani

Our first station was measuring how tall you were and marking it on the wall.

We measured how far we can jump.

We compared weights with a balance scale. I used these cards from the STEM Laboratory from Playdoh to Plato.

We built towers and used rulers and tape measures to measure how tall they were.

And some started measuring other objects in the room.

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“Pass It On” yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Song: “The Shimmy” – Kira Willey

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

We talked about letting our hearts shine, about letting ourselves see the beauty in everything around us and being happy.

Book – Shine by Patrick McDonnell
-rainbow – adho mukha svanasana/downward dog OR urdhva dhanurasana/wheel
-octopus – ananda balasana/happy baby
-monkey – Dance around like a monkey. Calm down in gorilla/padahastasana
-whale – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
-roller coaster- seated forward fold/paschimottanasana. Pretend to slowly go up the hill and then forward fold, hands in the air like a roller coaster
-elephant –  prasarita padottanasana, lifting arms like trunk and spraying like elephant on the way down
– tree- vrksasana
– happy moment fill you up – balloon breath

“Orange you Grateful” game from Kidding Around Yoga
Sit in a circle and pass a ball around using only your feet. If  the kids are old enough and/or coordinated enough, have them say something their grateful for every time they have the ball.

 

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Flowers to give away to someone you love

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“Feeling Scared” preschool storytime

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Time Now to Dream by Anna Kang

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
‘Til it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Source: So many versions of this song! Here is one with a ukulele! (Random fact: Did you know Miss Mary and I both have tattoos of Pete the Cat?)

All My Fingers Go to Sleep
Tune: “London Bridge
All my fingers go to sleep
(open hands wide)
Go to sleep, go to sleep
(slowly curl fingers into a fist)
All my fingers go to sleep.
Now wake up! (quickly open hands again)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Snip! Snap! What’s That? by Mara Bergman

Song- Mr. Eric’s “I can Shake My Shaker Egg

Shake Your Shakers
Tune: “London Bridge
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake it here, shake it there
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake your shakers.
Shake it high and shake it low
Shake it yes, shake it no
Shake it up and shake it down
Rub your shaker on the ground
Shake it near and shake it far
Drive your shaker like a car
Shake it fast and shake it slow
Shake it stop, shake it go
Source: Jbrary

Shake It to the East
Tune: We’re Going to Kentucky
Shake it to the east
Shake it to the west
Shake it all around
and then you take a rest
Shake your shakers up
Shake your shakers down
Shake it, shake it, shake it,
and then you settle down.
Source: Jbrary

Book – I am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang

I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it one bit
Oh no! He’s got my toe!
Oh Gee! He’s got my knee!
Oh My! He’s got my thigh!
Oh Fiddle! He’s got my middle!
Oh Heck! He’s got my neck!
Oh Dread! He’s got my – GULP
Source: Shel Silverstein/King County Library System 

Song: Jim Gill’s “The Nothing Wrong Song

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Exploring emotions through stories and books is a safe way to process potentially fearful situations and feelings. Kids can feel safe when reading these stories with trusted adults while at the same time still developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to navigate unknown situations.

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“”More-igami” preschool book club

I asked the kids what folding was. They gave me examples like folding paper, folding clothes, and folding sheets. One kid said you could fold a pizza, but he didn’t like to eat his like that. I talked about how we can fold our bodies to look like things. We could sit with legs straight out to look like an “L.” We could do a downward dog twist to look like the letter “A.” I then talked about folding paper to look like other objects we see.

Read More-igami by Dori Kelber and illustrated by G. Brian Karas.

I set up four stations with origami activities ranging from easiest to most challenging.

Our first station was a paper fan station like they mention in the book. I liked the addition of the craft sticks from this post.

We made paper accordian snakes.

We folded origami fish.

The last station was a do-it-yourselfer. I displayed a couple of our easy origami books for kids to choose from. Some kids just created for themselves.

 

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“Around the World Follow the Trail” preschool book club

We began by discussing trails and where they take you. Luckily we live in Colorado so the kids are very familiar with riding bike trails and hiking the mountains. I asked what kinds of things they see in the mountains. They mentioned animals and rocks and trees. I asked them what else they see in the world. They mentioned water and cities.

Read Around the World: Follow the Trail by Craig Shuttlewood.
This book was much simpler than the books I normally read in this book club, but I love that the kids can take the book home to run their fingers over the “trail” themselves.

We then followed the trail of activities around the room. Our first stop was the ocean where we made whales from egg cartons like this post from i heart crafty things.   This activity was  more prescriptive than most of the activities I normally do, but following directions is also a useful skill to attain. One of our volunteers cut out the whale parts and painted the egg carton pieces in advance for us to save time, and I used the razor to make the slits in the top of the whale.

 

We then followed the trail to the forest where we practiced pine cone weaving. I sort of threw this activity in last minute, but it ended up being immensely popular!

We also identified the paw prints of the animals we may see in the forest. This activity was made by a librarian before my time.

We finally followed the trail to the desert for free play in the sand.

I’d say they had a good time.

 

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“Block Party” little ones event

The Collaborative Summer Reading Program’s theme for 2017 is Build a Better World. One of the suggestions was to hold a multigenerational program to build community. I chose to hold a “block party” where we could literally build with blocks, while we also build community.

I had originally asked a local retirement village to join us for our event, but when I called to confirm a week before, they decided not to attend. Our director is a member of the local Rotary Club chapter, and three of their members answered the call to attend.

I placed different types of blocks that were all safe for the youngest of kiddos on the floor. Blocks with smaller pieces were on the tables for kids 3+.

Here are two of our Rotary Club members:

The kids had fun regardless of who they were playing with.

This little girl’s Lincoln Log house was an ice cream store, she said.

And I love when adults get in on the action.

 

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“Inside This Book (are Three Books)” preschool book club

We began by talking about how books are made: who writes them (author) and who draws the picture (the illustrator).  We talked about stories and using our creativity.

Put your hands in the air
And touch the ground.
Put your fingers on your nose
And move your tongue all around.
Put your hands on your shoulders.
Put your elbows on your knees.
Put your chin in your hands and say,
“Read me a story, please.”
Source: King County Library System

Read Inside This Book (are Three Books) by Barney Saltzberg.

We then made our own books like this post from Premeditated Leftovers.

I love how creative the kids got. One girl wrote her story about a girl swimming in green slime. 
One boy kept wrote letters (and some shapes that weren’t letters) and then made his mom read the silly sounds he wrote.

 

 

 

 

And one little girl wrote a story about a unicorn who lost its horn in the woods. A girl found it and returned it to the unicorn, who then gave the girl a ride to thank her.

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“Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!” pajama yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Song: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Go Sleep in Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming
We played this almost like a “musical mats” game. For each animal, we moved onto the next mat. For example, when pig “toddled to his sty,” we rolled like pigs in the mud onto the mat to our left.
cow/cat – cat/cow Crawl like a heavy cow to the mat to your left.
chicken- malasana
horse – horse stance
sheep – table
dog– downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana with goat kicks
cow/cat – cat/cow
curl up in bed – child’s pose/bhakasana

Wolf howling at the moon – urdhva mukha svanasana/upward facing dog with howling
Rock a bye baby
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Balloon breaths

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sWhen You Sleep” 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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